Oscar Wilde, thou shouldst be with us at this hour. The marriage of Jane O'Callaghan and Paddy O'Keeffe was not merely the triumph of hope over experience -- it was the triumph of joy over recession, the spirit over the Depression ... I could go on and on. And everyone present felt the same in Mallow, Co Cork two weeks ago.
Everyone? I hear you ask. Yes: the bride and groom celebrated with a gourmet dinner for no fewer than 160 friends and family in the beautiful Longueville House hotel (it probably helps that Jane has long been the queen bee of Longueville House, of course).
Jane wore a classical box shape navy jacket with navy skirt and silk top.
What with Paddy being the founding editor of the Farmers Journal as well as the founding chairman of Farmer Business Developments plc, there was always going to be a grand turn-out. And so it proved.
Everyone from TD Simon Coveney to economist Colm McCarthy to radio tycoon Dermot Hanrahan (and his lovely wife Paulina Masterson) to Margaret Scally, proprietor of Hayfield Manor, attended. Michael Berkery, chairman of the Farmer Business Developments, gave a speech about his long friendship with the illustrious bride and groom. Michael also made mention of Paddy's significant love of life and how he has great stamina. Well -- Paddy is 89.
He and his 73-year-old bride Jane went on their first date in January of this year to Patrick Guilbaud restaurant in Dublin.
I do love a short engagement, don't you? And the rules of this engagement seem to have stipulated gourmet nosh at all times.
The 160 guests were treated to a four-course meal of the finest locally grown produce. There was also a champagne reception to kick off the proceedings.
The evening commenced in a similarly grand style, when two sopranos sang operatic favourites Nessun Dorma and Nella Fantasia.
Jane and her close friends then got the party really going with a note-perfect rendition of I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady. Those who could play an instrument did and those who could sing did.
My Deep Throat at the wedding added, unsurprisingly, that lots of wine and champagne continued into the night.
People retired through the drawing room with a large fire roaring in the fireplace. As long as it's only the fire that roars, relations are good.